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captioning made possible by johnson & johnson, where quality products for the american family have been a tradition for generations >> osgood: good morning. i'm charles osgood and this is sunday morning. another sunday, the beginning of another week. halfway through another month. each day marks one spin of the earth. each year one orbit around the sun. no wonder we sometimes feel as if we've been here before. many believe we'll be back again. part of nature's constant cycling and recycling and a rebirth, a reincarnation.
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but do we remember or learn from past lives so that we can do things better the second time around or third or fourth? reincarnation is the subject of our sunday morning cover story to be reported by susan spencer. >> reporter: more than a thousand people have come to this gathering in new york city to uncover lost memories, not just of this life.... >> i had an experience that i was on the titanic. >> reporter: but of their past lives as well. what are they looking for, the people who come to these events? >> some people are looking to connect with loved ones who have died. some people are just curious. some people were dragged there by significant others. >> reporter: so? who were you? a reincarnation convention later on sunday morning. >> osgood: hollywood actor rob lowe successfully survived his career after humiliating mice steps. however, this time around he's still haunted by ghosts of the past as he will explain to our rita braver.
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>> god, you're so beautiful. >> reporter: rob lowe has been a star for three decades. in films and on tv. but his good looks, he says, have sometimes been a disadvantage. do you think people underestimated you because of it? >> i would have underestimated me because of it. i mean look at some of those fathers. ridiculous. i make brook shields look like clint eastwood. >> reporter: later on sunday morning, rob lowe, a lot more than meets the eye. >> osgood: hollywood is preparing to raise the curtain on what it hopes will be a summer season full of blockbuster films. this morning bill whitaker will be giving us a summer preview. >> the ship is ours. >> reporter: they're back! the pirates, the wizards, the cartoons. >> oh, you've got to be joking. >> reporter: a summer movie season has a familiar ring to it. >> hollywood always feels
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comfortable when they're bringing out films that in the past audiences have liked. >> reporter: come, get a sneak peek at this summer's coming attractions later on sunday morning. >> osgood: the window treatment we have to tell you about has nothing to do with modern home decorating and everything to do with classic art. as martha teichner will be showing us. >> reporter: believe it or not this drawing of a window caused a small revolution in the art world at the beginning of the 19th century. >> it's a stark silver rendition of just the window. nobody had done that before. >> reporter: what does an open window do to the way you see a room? later this sunday morning, the view from the inside looking out. >> osgood: harry smith chats with former secretary of state henry kissinger. mo rocca hears fashion tips from sisters nora and delia.
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john blackstone shows us one graduate's remarkable walk for his college diploma. first the headlines for the 15th day of may, 2011. in louisiana they're sacrificing some communities in order to save others. the army corps of engineers has begun to open the spill way, diverting water from the swollen mississippi but doing so could leave hundreds even thousands of homes underwater. dean reynolds has the story. >> reporter: the manipulation of the mississippi. water diverted from a louisiana spill way on to croplands in a desperate attempt to lessen the pressure on levees and flood walls at baton rouge and new orleans. one gate opened saturday. one or two more today and more later. general michael walsh of the army corps of engineers. >> this is certainly going to be a marathon and not a sprint as we go through this
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tremendous amount, huge amount of water as it comes down. >> reporter: it's coming all the way down the mississippi. now cresting in arkansas and cresting next week at baton rouge. a crest expected to last up to two weeks. officials knew this and knew the cajun country farmland would have to lose out to the more populous and industrialized cities to the east. the intentional flooding or easing of the pressure will last into june. this is a step, and they hope it succeeds. but those who work on the big river know it sometimes has a mind of its own. for sunday morning, i'm dean reynolds in louisiana. >> osgood: at least five people are dead after fighting broke out along the israeli border today. the israeli army says its oldiers opened fire on demonstrators who tried to storm a crossing connecting the golan heights and syria. israeli troops also fired on a crowd of protesters along the lebanese border.
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mike huckabee will not be making a run for the white house. he told a tv audience last night that while polls and potential contributors were telling him go, after prayerful consideration his heart said no. dominique strauss kahn the head of the international monetary fund and a possible candidate for president of france was pulled off a flight yesterday. new york city police arrested him in connection with the assault of a maid at a manhattan hotel. he was charged with attempt rape early this morning. his lawyers says he'll plead not guilty. a muslim cleric and two sons have been jailed on federal charges accusing them of providing cash to the taliban. the man was arrested after saturday morning's services. here's today's weather forecast. the storm system that has overwhelmed the mississippi is now soaking the east coast. rain is expected along the west coast.
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>> osgood: are we living life the second time around or is it the third or fourth or more? a number of americans believe they are. while religion is a matter of faith, they're getting some support from their belief from surprising sources. our sunday morning cover story is reported now by susan spencer of "48 hours." >> reporter: more than a thousand people gathered at this new york city conference center on a recent sunday coming from around the world in hopes of an out of this world experience. >> we're going to bring the lights down. >> reporter: at up to $139 a ticket, they seemed confident that through hypnosis, they could uncover lost memories, not just of this life but of past lives as well. >> be there. before your birth. >> reporter: call them "come as you were" events. reincarnation conventions, no
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longer considered completely off the wall, they are growing in popularity. >> you can remember everything. >> i had an experience that i was on the tie at that time i can. >> i regress back to, i want to say, the mid 1800s in england. >> i recognize that i was about to see jesus deliver his sermon on the mount. >> reporter: for dr. brian wise, a firm believer in reincarnation, such stories are all in a day's work. hardly what you would expect from a graduate of yale's prestigious medicalal skoo. but today he travels the globe, hypnotizing crowds of ordinary people to help them recall extraordinary things. he says hypnosisen deuces a relaxed state and enhances concentration, making it easier for people to remember their past lives. how do you define reincarnation? >> i define it as when we die physically a part of us goes
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on. we have lessons to learn here. that if you haven't learned all of these lessons, then that soul, that consciousness, that spirit comes back into a baby's body. >> reporter: the concept of reincarnation goes back some,000 years to india and greece. although it's largely been rejected by jewish and christian traditions boston university religion professor says it's alive and well in pop culture today. americans are fascinated by the idea they have lived before. >> the skeptical part of me about the past life thing is that just statistically the odds are in my past life i was a chinese peasant, right? but hardly anybody ever is a chinese peasant. you know, everybody is cleopatra or mark anthony or jesus. >> reporter: a cbs news poll conducted for sunday morning shows about one in five americans believes in
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reincarnation. and roughly one in ten remembers a past life. the professor thinks they're reacting in part to the positive spin the west puts on it. >> in the indian tradition, reincarnation was undesirable. it wasn't something you wanted. i mean the goal was to get out of this life. but in america we see reincarnation as this sort of great second opportunity. we say i'm going to be, you know, an accountant. in the next life i can be an astronaut. >> i don't think there's any chance that this is true. >> reporter: michael sherman, the founder of the skeptics society and the publisher of skeptic magazine is, no surprise, skeptical about reincarnation. >> i think it's a complete construction of our brains, projecting ourselves into a future state that doesn't exist. a way of dealing with the anxiety of losing lost loved ones and losing our own lives and coming to grips with our own mortality. >> we are not human beings
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having a spiritual experience. we are spiritual beings having a human experience. >> reporter: but for psychiatrist brian wise, reincarnation is more than just an enticing thought. he studied freud's theory that recovering childhood memories helps resolve present-day problems. and then 30 years ago he says he discovered that the same is true of memories even further back. from a past life. it all started with a patient deathly afraid of water. >> i told her when she was in this deep hypnotic state go back to the time where your symptoms first began. thinking she'd go back to early childhood. she went back nearly 4,000 years into an an ancient near eastern lifetime, different body, different hair, drowning in a flood or tidal wave, her baby being torn from her arms by the force of the water and her symptoms started getting better from that moment on. >> reporter: since then he's
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used what he calls past life regression therapy on some 4,000 people. >> if you have a fear of heights, you were thrown off a castle wall in the 12st century. your fear disappears in one times or two times. this is a fabulous thing because your life is changing. >> reporter: it is not the sort of change psychiatrist jim tucker of the university of virginia can believe in. >> i cannot trust hypnosis as a tool for any memories. again even including for this life. because it's so unreliable. sometimes it's accurate. sometimes it's wildly inaccurate. they're not intending to create fantasies, but that's what the mind can do under hypnosis. >> reporter: but that is not to say he doesn't believe in past lives. in fact, that's his specialty. >> we've got 2500 cases total. >> reporter: dr. tucker focuses on children. young children who he says have volunteered information about past lives.
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no hypnosis involved. why do you focus on kids? >> well because they're the ones that have the memories. >> reporter: take the colorado toddler who claimed to be his dead grandfather. a man he never knew. dr. tucker says the child recalled obscure details of his grandfather's life, even picked him out of a class picture saying, "that's me." if that's not spooky enough for you, try this. >> many of the children describe lives that ended violently or ended early. drownings, murders, motor vehicle accidents, suicides, snake bites. >> reporter: what's more he says that university researchers verified their stories. in fact he showed us photos where children have birth marks supposedly corresponding to fatal wounds in their past lives. >> this is a little boy who seems to remember the life of
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a boy in a nearby village who had lost the fingers of his right hand in a chopping machine. he was born with his hands looking like this here which is a very unusual birth defect to only have one hand affected like this. >> reporter: i think people might be surprised in a way, you know, the university of virginia is very sort of conventional, you know, place. very well thought of. not the kind of place where you would expect this to be going on. >> well, i think there are an awful lot of us who also wander if there is something more, that either spirituality or consciousness or whatever terms people use, that there is... there might be more to life than just the physical. >> reporter: not skeptic michael sherman who says he doubts there's anything to be reborn. he insists that science is on his side. >> the evidence is pretty sound that i'm right because of these examples of damage to
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the brain, strokes and especially alzheimers and dementia when the brain tissue disintegrates and dies the personality, the person, the memory dies with it. we know this for a fact. >> reporter: but here's another fact. dr. brian wise continues to draw huge crowds. dr. jim tucker keeps moving ahead with his research. and neither one plans to stop working any time soon, certainly not in this lifetime. >> we're not going to be able to extract a blood sample and get dna and say, oh, i see you were alive in the 11th century. no. it's people remember sog it's clinical proof. >> reporter: will any of this ever be proved to a scientific certainty? >> no, i don't think our work will lead to scientific certainty, but i also don't think there's a scientific certainty that nothing carries on after we die. that hasn't been proven either.
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>> osgood: and now a page from our sunday morning almanac. may 15, 1930, 81 years ago today. the day a new travel concept took off. for that was the day ellen church flew from oakland california to chicago as the world's first airline stewardess. a registered nurse by profession church had convinced boeing air transport that having a nurse on board would reassure passengers. before long, stewardesss were on nearly ever flight performing all sorts of duties. the original job requirements were very much of their time. stewardstechlt... they had to be no taller than 5'4", weigh no more than 115 pounds and be no older than 25. and they had to take an oath
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to remain unmarried during their term of service. of course, we remember those days now as the golden age of air travel. and in that long ago time flying was an elegant adventure, smartly uniformed flight attendants pampered passengers with meals on request, hot meals and blankets. it was an era celebrated in movies such as "catch me if you can" with leonardo dicaprio playing an i am postor airline pilot of the 1960s. >> should have been a pilot. >> osgood: however accurate that image may once have been it bears little resemblance to flying today. flight attendants can either be men or women. and fully packed planes with no leg room, no free meals, with plenty of extra fees and
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if you have afib not caused by a heart valve problem, ask your doctor if pradaxa can reduce your risk of a stroke. so i'm taking charge with claritin-d. it relieves even my worst allergy symptoms. nothing works stronger, faster or longer for nasal congestion and sinus pressure without drowsiness. i only live claritin clear, with claritin-d. >> osgood: you can call this photograph of pope john paul ii a window treatment of a
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special sort. martha teichner with other examples done by artists with a perceptive eye. >> reporter: first look at this scene. it's the garden of the rome painted in 1817. now look. how you see that same landscape is completely changed because now you're seeing it through a window. the fascination european artists had with windows is the ecsubjt of an exhibition called rooms with a view at the metropolitan museum of art in new york. >> here the window is the main motive. it is as a threshold between what is here and what is beyond. you have a picture within a picture. >> reporter: we begin with caspar david freed rick. this painting of him by a colleague. he became germany's most famous landscape painter. but long before that in 1805-06
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he drew the windows of his dress deny studio in sepia ink. he couldn't sell the drawings so over the years other painters saw them and they inspired a small revolution. >> these are remarkable. as small as they are. because they are neither viewed through windows nor are they interiors. >> reporter: curator of rooms with a view. >> it's a stark, sober rendition of just the windows. nobody had done this before. >> reporter: freed rick had undoubtedly seen this vermeer painted in the 17th century. he hangs in a dress deny gallery but take a look at the window. it just lights what's going on inside the room. there's no view. that he did was move the window front and center. he made it critical to understanding and feeling the
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mood of the picture. this is his wife, from the back, looking out at the masts of sailboats on the river elbe. >> he is between the near and the far. everything at a distance becomes romantic. distant people, distant events, distant landscapes. >> reporter: romantic for fredrick and his dresden contemporaries didn't mean heart and flowers. it meant impossible dreams, unrequited love, yearning, longing. what better prop than the window? it was a small world, all of these pictures are by dresden artists who knew each other, even painted each other. they experimented with the same ideas. but they were not the only european painters who found windows irresistible. this was the view from the artist martinez roarby's
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parents' house in copenhagen, denmark. >> it seems that most of these have a great stillness about them. these paintings. >> yes, they have a stillness. >> reporter: why the stillness? perhaps because it was the opposite of what was happening outside. from 1803 until 1915, an estimated 2.5 million soldiers lost their lives, another million civilians across europe in what were called the know poll i don't knowic wars. copenhagen was a major battlefield. so was dresden. >> it was occupied by french troops and life was very grim. there were playings. people were hungry. life was terribly difficult. >> reporter: during those war years and even afterwards, painters set scenes of ordinary, undisturbed daily life against windows. families together.
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but the people were often incidental, faceless, honest-to- goodness window dressing. with or without them, each scene was really a conversation with the viewer about light, emotion, form. >> this shows that even a landscape that is not-- let's not say boring but let's say not very interesting or.... >> reporter: i'll go ahead and say boring. >> okay. a boring landscape. if you put it in a frame, a window frame it becomes evocative. >> reporter: take a look. now look again. >> the landscape isn't blts the landscape is boring but the picture becomes interesting because of his wonderful framing. >> reporter: a century later matisse painted windows, so did picasso. and andrew wyeth. to this day the subject is tantalizing because a window frames a question: what does
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it mean? how does it feel to be on the inside looking out? >> osgood: the movies of summer. we've got just the ticket next. and later, clothes make the woman. are you ready for your big party today ? ( baby giggles ) ( little girl crying )
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>> it's sunday morning on cbs and here again is charles osgood. >> osgood: toy story 3 was the number one movie of the summer of 2010. what does the summer of 2011 hold for movie-goers? bill whitaker gives us a sneak preview. >> yes, it's that time of year. >> you've got to be joking. >> reporter: the summer movie season. there are comics and comics. >> wow. >> i know, right. >> reporter: sequels and more sequels. >> did everyone see that because i will not be doing it again.
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>> i always feel comfortable when they're bringing out films that in the past audiences have liked. >> reporter: the film critic for the los angeles times. he's our guide for what the studios hope will be a big summer at the box office. you'd be hard-pressed to find a year where people would say we're looking at a terrible summer. >> the last optimist in america are the people who put out the movies. oh, it's going to be great. >> reporter: one reason for optimism? the pirates of the caribbean are back in "on stranger tides." >> was that really necessary? >> reporter: the first three films took in more than $2.5 billion worldwide. >> they hit gold. appropriate for a pirate movie. having johnny depp in this role, anything that johnny depp is in everyone wants to see. >> is that it? >> i think so. >> reporter: another sequel? transformers dark of the moon. the third film based on the children's toy.
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and those party animals from the hangover are back too in the hangover 2. >> where are we. >> reporter: the first film was the highest grossing r-rated comedy ever. aliens make their presence felt in a new blend of genre, the science fiction-western. cowboys and aliens. >> could you close your eyes please. >> reporter: movie-making kids. >> and action! >> reporter: a train wreck. >> guys, watch out. >> reporter: and an alien presence. you get super 8 from director j.j.abrams. >> he is the very proficient director with this kind of a
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film. this looks to be one of the biggest summer. >> reporter: you might marvel at the number of comic book characters making it to the big screen this summer. >> ready for this? >> let's find out. >> reporter: there's x-men first class. captain america, the first avenger. and green lantern. that film reportedly cost more than $200 million. >> comic book movies have been very successful because there's a core audience. kids who love these comic books that will go out to the movies. i think even that audience might be getting a little tired of it. >> reporter: and speaking of tires.... >> i'm looking for a car. >> reporter: there's cars 2 from the folks at p achlt xar. and some... from dream works kung fu panda 2. >> beware of the sign. >> what sign? >> dear lord, thank you for
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the food we are about to eat. please use your mighty power to stop the melting of the polar ice cap. amen. >> reporter: there will be penguins this summer when jim carrey inherits six of them in mr. popper's penguins. >> could you pass the salt? i'll get it. >> reporter: and apes. the rise of the planet of the apes takes us back to the beginning more than 40 years after the franchise began. it won't just be kids stuff and comics and cartoons at the movies this summer. there are quite a few offerings for grown-up audiences too. >> the one i'm looking forward to is tree of life. >> reporter: premiering at this month's cannes film festival the tree of life stars sean pen and brad pit. >> hit me. come on. hit me. >> reporter: from director terrence mallack. >> he is is a cinematic artist. i don't always like the films but win, lose or draw, he is
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really trying to push the boundaries of the medium. >> i'm in a very per flexing situation. >> reporter: opening the festival was midnight in paris with owen wilson, the latest film from wody allen. if you're looking for stars.... >> find three different focal points. >> reporter: larry crown tops the list with oscar winners tom hanks and julia roberts as student and teacher. >> would you like to kiss me? you are so cute. i can see you. >> reporter: from the book shelf, there's the help. >> i want to interview you. >> reporter: based on the best seller about african-american maids in the 1960s south. >> i'm writing a book. it's about the old days. >> reporter: snow flower and the secret fan from the sea novel of free mail friendship past and present.
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and submarine, the story of a 15-year-old boy trying to keep his parents together and launch his own love life. >> it's just got a style and a way of making film that is unique and a really feels like fun. >> rest in peace. >> i'm not dead. >> reporter: the first grader is based on the true story of a kenyan man in his 80s who fights for the right to learn to read. project nim tells of a chimp reared in a human family. >> i had the best time of my life. i've never had such a good time except maybe at a grateful dead show. >> reporter: it really happened in the 1970s. another documentary is the story of buck brenner, the real-life horse whisperer. >> this horse tells me quite a bit about you. >> it's hard to stopwatching this film. to see him work with horses and hear his philosophy and
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understand how he operates, it's just a marvelous thing. >> reporter: and finally the finale of the most successful franchise in movie history. >> harry potter. >> reporter: warner brothers' harry potter and the deathly hall owes part 2 is the last of eight films in the series that has already taken in more than $6 billion. >> let's finish this the way we started. >> they really put a lot of money into these films and made sure to really treat the books with kid gloves. not to mess with them. just to give the fans what the fans want to see. >> reporter: perhaps there's something you want to see. >> yes. >> reporter: the summer movie season is upon us. take the plunge.
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>> what do you think was your greatest success? >> osgood: next, questions for henry kissinger. we all want our kids to eat their vegetables,
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just like the fruit juice kids already love. mott's medleys. ♪ la la la [ woman ] invisible vegetables. magical taste. >> osgood: 34 years after leaving office former secretary of state henry kissinger remains as outspoken as ever. he takes a look back with our harry smith. >> reporter: there is no mistaking henry kissinger. at 87, he is instantly recognizable. though perhaps missing the
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physical vigor with which he walked the world stage. >> you've been coming up here.... >> reporter: we were rare guests at his private enclave in rural connecticut. what is it about getting out of the city and coming out here to this splendid countryside that is important to you? this from a man who was one of the lead actors in a time that was nothing less than tumultuous. >> kissinger arriving in madrid under extraordinarily heavy security prompted in part by the latest palestinian murder. >> reporter: from his historical strides with china >> we cannot fail. >> reporter:... to his controversial part in trying to end the war in vietnam to his brokering of peace in the middle east. most of us can't remember u.s. foreign policy without kissinger. >> i've had the honor that i have been able to do sometimes little and sometimes more
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important things starting with kennedy. i had a very friendly relationship with bush 43. he invited me quite frequently to talk with him. >> reporter: and one of the things they talked about was taking down saddam hussein. did you feel like the invasion of iraq was a good idea? >> i thought one should go in, overthrow saddam, and then turn it over to the international community in some way. so the nation-building part of it i thought... i did not agree with, but i did not oppose it publicly. >> reporter: kissinger is no stranger to controversial wars. he won a nobel peace prize in 1973 for his role in the vietnam peace talks.
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the framework for which collapsed when the north invaded south vietnam two years later. the foundation for america's military involvement in vietnam was laid by john f. kennedy and then was substantially built upon by lyndon johnson. it was a war without victory. >> it was a very difficult period for everybody. we inherited a war. those who started the war then joined the peace movement. so they were in an ambivalent position. they imagined it could be ended more quickly. obviously if we could have imagined how to end it more quickly we would have done so. >> reporter: one effort to end the war involved the secret bombing of cambodia. estimates of the civilian death toll vary widely. tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands.
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kissinger played a key role in orchestrating it. the one thing that seems to always come up in this whole larger conversation about henry kissinger is the bombing of cambodia. >> the bombing of cambodia was miniscule compared to the bombing that is now going on in pakistan. that has sort of become the symbol because had to look for something that nixon initiated that hadn't been initiated in if previous administration. >> reporter: kissinger is convinced that the president he served, richard nixon, will be vindicated. >> i said to nixon the night before his resignation, history will treat you much more kindly than your contemporaries did, i think. i think he was creative in foreign policy and decisive and did things that... the things that brought him down did not occur in the foreign
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policy field. >> i neither authorized nor encouraged subordinates to engage in illegal or improper campaign tactics. >> reporter: what brought nixon down, of course, was watergate. kissinger still remembers vividly the final days of the administration, a lonely embittered disgraced richard nixon with few to turn to. >> his last night in office he invited me to come to the lincoln sitting room where he and i used to plan foreign policy together. here was a man who had spent his whole life making himself president. he had thrown it all away by his own actions. as i was leaving he said, why don't we pray together? so it was a moving and in a way appropriate moment to a
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profound tragedy in a person's life. >> reporter: as nixon's secretary of state, kissinger initiated relations with china in 1972. there had been no official contact between the countries for more than 20 years. kissinger has written a new book which looks to china's history, including his place in it, as a guide to what lies ahead. people seem to be surpriseded at seeing the rise of china in the last several decades. should they be? >> no. the chinese think of themselves as having always been on top and that there was only an interruption of 100 years in which the west exploited its momentary weakness. in their minds they are reclaiming their traditional position. >> reporter: as for america's other great challenge, the threat of islamic extremism, we asked about the killing of osama bin laden.
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>> it demonstrates that the united states is persistent in its pursuit of those who damage it and retains the capability to reach out far to punish those who oppose it. >> reporter: henry kissinger has not stopped thinking about the world and america's place in it. but when asked to evaluate his substantial role in decades of foreign policy, he respectfully declined. >> it's the essence of foreign policy that every administration has to reach. nobody should claim that he established a legacy that he created that you can simply refer to as a cook book. anyway you shouldn't ask the people who were active to define what their legacy is. they tend to exaggerate. >> reporter: (laughing).
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>> osgood: ahead, fashion forward. >> i look gorgeous in high heels. but my feet hurt. >> osgood: and later catching up with actor rob lowe. >> reporter: i think there were fireworks when you met. >> that
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>> osgood: give two talented literacy systems to women and their wardrobes and you have the makings of both comedy and drama. here is mo rocca with the story. ♪ i'm coming home, baby > what is it about women and clothes? do you remember the first outfit you picked out for yourself? >> yes, a silk skirt with a great big poodle on it.
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a swing skirt. i was ten years old. it was july 4. i chose a red, white and blue shirt. >> sleeveless had cute little collar. >> it was like all smocked. >> then i had white sandal and probably silver. >> reporter: it's a special relationship that goes way deeper than fashion. >> i just want to say that i personally have a rule against sleeveless turtle neck sweaters. i don't understand them. are you hot or are you cold? >> reporter: in the hit off broadway play love loss and what i wore set for a national tour starting this september a rotating cast of stars from rhea pearlman to tyne daly to rosy o'donnell rift on the meaning of clothes in women's lives. >> for those of you who understand, in short, that your purse is in some absolutely horrible way you.
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you start with a wallet and a few cosmetics but within seconds your purse has accumulated the debris of a lifetime. when you open it up you can't find a thing. your purse is a big, dark hole, full of stuff you spent hours fishing around. >> reporter: and look there's our own nancy giles. >> i wore the dress at my wedding. my older daughter wore it at hers until finally it got down to my younger daughter jenny who said no way in hell am i getting into that back luck dress. >> what you wear and what happened to you are indelibley connected. >> reporter: the play is written by sisters delia and nora. nora, the writer director between julie and julia.... >> eat french food. i can't get over it. >> reporter: and delia, a novelist and her sister's frequent collaborator adapted it from eileen beckerman's
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illustrated memoir. >> then you just sort of fill it in. >> reporter: drawings like those in the book dress the stage. >> one of the first things your mother lets you do is choose your clothes. then when you're a teenager and you're defining who you are.... >> go right back upstairs and take that off. >> opposite of your parents, where do you go to first thing? clothes. >> reporter: know if you're a guy watching this. >> i want to say when you start wearing eileen fisher, you might as well say i give up. >> reporter: you probably don't get it. i read a quote of yours where you said basically men and cars, women and clothes. >> i don't think clothes are like that for me. i don't think they think well i remember what i was wearing when we split up. >> i was wearing it the day that i told al that i couldn't stay married to him anymore because i had fallen in love with stanley. >> reporter: when you fall in love if you're a guy either it's what you were driving or it's what you were listening to, you know, the music that was on the radio.
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>> reporter: where the sisterers fashion rivals growing up? >> we weren't fashion anything. >> reporter: yet there's plenty of fact story to their own clothing which they borrowed for the play. >> look at our saddle shoes. aren't they a riot. >> reporter: there's delia's courageous decision to step away from heels. >> i look gorgeous in high heels. everyone looks gorgeous in high heels. but my feet hurt. i was in so much pain. i couldn't think. i had to choose. heels or think. >> reporter: as for the play's traumatic first bra story. >> my father took me. i still can't talk about it. >> reporter: that's nora's. >> it was a 28-aa bra. tiny but not tiny enough. >> there were these empty little puffs on my chest.
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the sales woman said.... >> lean over. >> you don't know this but this is something they're always saying to you in the bra department. >> i leaned over hoping the breasts would magically tumble out of my body and into the bra. but they didn't. >> reporter: of course any discussion of women and clothes leads back to mom. the ephrons credit their own mother phoebe with their lack of interest in fashion. they say they never took them shopping. still she had rules. >> don't wear prints and whites together. >> never wear whites before memorial day. >> never wear white. >> never buy a red coat. >> finally i said why should you never buy a red coat? years had passed before i even dared to ask why. she said because people will see you coming and they'll say, "there she is in her red coat. it made perfect sense to me. >> reporter: i'm trying to think who looks great in a red coat. michael jackson had one for a
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while. >> it isn't how you look in it. it's that on some level you look like you work for an airline. >> reporter: their mom's rules went beyond whatnot to wear. >> must be pink. >> never marry a man with bad ankles. she said that. >> actually that is very good advice. >> reporter: why is that good advice? >> because you don't want your children to have bad legs. >> reporter: oh, right. when we asked nora and delia to put pen to paper, the sisters collaborated to conjure their favorite dress of their mother's. >> it doesn't look like anything. >> it wasn't round. >> yeah, i think it was. oh, that's right. >> oh, my god. it was gorgeous. >> reporter: so what is it about women and clothes? while clothes may not make the woman, they often tell her story.
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>> osgood: next, for sale to the highest bidder.
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>> osgood: it's happening this week. the federal government plans to auction 51 lots of personal effects belonging to ted kazushi sakuraba, the man more commonly known as the unabomber. the belongings were seizeded from kazushi sakuraba's infamous shack in the montana wilderness where he was arrested 15 years ago. there's his diploma from harvard where he enrolled at age 16. his sunglasses, his gray hooded sweat shirt. there's the bow and arrows he used for hunting as he slowly began to withdraw from society. but perhaps most chilling there are his papers, thousands of pages largely devoted to thoughts about what he came to see as a society consumed by the evils of
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technology. now 68, he is serving a life without parole prison term for killing three people and injuring 23 others. during his years-long bombing spree. proceeds from the auction will go to his victims. the government has posted pictures of his belongings on its flicker internet site. a federal official told the "washington post" it will use the technology that he railed against to sell artifacts of his life. >> i wanteded to get sober for me. >> osgood: coming up, the low- down from rob lowe. [ male announcer ] imagine facing the day with less chronic low back pain. imagine living your life
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imagine you, with less pain. cymbalta can help. go to cymbalta.com to learn about a free trial offer. >> it's sunday morning on cbs. and here again is charles osgood. >> osgood: that was rob lowe in the 2009 film the invention of lying, a long way from the teen-focused movies in which he first achieved stardom. these days you can find him reflecting on the ups and downs of a sometimes rocky life and career. rita braver now with the sunday profile. >> reporter: it's the kind of nostalgia a lot of us have for our adolescence. >> they're magical years. they're magical. >> reporter: but for rob lowe, memories of life here in
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malibu center on making home movies with his film struck friends, even if it meant leaping off a roof. >> i jumped off backwards into a bean bag chair. of course i broke my ankle. that's when i knew i was a true actor because i came up in pain and went, "did you get the shot?" they said yes and i was happy. >> reporter: in fact 47-year-old lowe was so young when he became an actor.... >> god, you're so beautiful. >> reporter:... and we've become so used to seeing him in the movies. >> dr. evil, we have a problem. >> reporter: and on tv.... >> what's the guns for? >> republicans. it's foreplay. i'm kidding. >> reporter: a lot of us don't realize this sheer force of will it took for him to become a star. starting when he was eight and still living in dayton, ohio. >> my mother took me to a
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local production of oliver, and it was like a cliched moment of like the light hitting me and i literally saw what i wanted to do with my life. it changed my life. >> reporter: he got cast so much in dayton that when his parents divorceded and his mom moved him and his brother chad to california, lowe was devastated. >> i mean look at this. this is not what i was used to coming from the midwest at all. >> reporter: to say the least. >> no. it was overwhelming. i mean just sensorally, culturally. >> reporter: so lowe found refuge with that neighborhood gang of fellow film freaks. what a day it was. >> i'm talking 13-, 14-year-old kids led by chris penn and his brother sean penn and of course charlie sheen. >> reporter: charlie sheen and
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emilio, the sons of actor martin sheen. >> we would get martin sometimes. it's amazing to me now to think how gracious he was. here he is an amazingly accomplished actor. he would come and play the captain in our little ridiculous 8 millimetre movie. >> reporter: what about charlie sheen? did you know he would be a little whacky as he got older? >> charlie's... his gift is his irreverence and his unique, you know, wild nature. he's always been that way. >> reporter: those neighborhood exploits and much more are related in lowe's new book. already a best seller, it goes behind the scenes of films like the outsiders. >> put a blade on you? >> reporter: directored by frances ford cope la, the film gave lowe a chance to perform with some of the finest actors of his generation. >> this was a high octane type-a
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personality group. it had the ability to be uber competitive with each other. and yet so generous and kind and loving and full of friendship. >> reporter: today on a reedited dvd release, you can see lowe's emotional performance. >> you have to stop yelling at him for every little thing that he does, man. he feels like it's you. bad enough having to listen to you. >> reporter: but back in 1983 when the film opened, his key scenes were left on the cutting-room floor. were you heart broken? >> i was devastated. barely 18 years old. i had literally poured my heart and soul into that part. >> reporter: but his career was launched. today he can still draw a
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crowd but nothing compared to the frenzy he whipped up as a teenager. of course, lowe knew a lot of it had to do with his looks which bothered him. do you think people underestimated you because of this? >> i would have underestimated me because of it. i mean look at some of those photos. it's ridiculous. i make brook shields look like clint eastwood. >> reporter: (laughing). i have to say you're right. he kept working, making hit films like saint elmo's fire. >> where did you meet her again? >> prison. >> reporter: and about last night. i was late and i was worried that i was pregnant. >> you're not. >> no, i'm not. >> oh, okay. >> reporter: but sometimes his personal life became the story. lowe's drinking and his womanizing.
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with girlfriends like actresses melissa gilbert and demi moore as well as princess stephanie of monaco. you met and i think there were immediate fireworks when you met. >> that was a definition of immediate fireworks. >> reporter: but the real fireworks came when a sex tape surfaced of an encounter he had with two girls, one of them under age, at the 1988 democratic national convention in atlanta. were you hurt, angry at yourself for getting into this kind of situation? >> it was sort of i think so overwhelming that i was trying to put one foot in front of the other and try to live my life. looking back on it, a, it's sort of hard for me to believe it was a big a deal as it was. i thank god every day it happened. >> reporter: you thank god it happened? >> true. >> reporter: because? >> because it got me to
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reexamine my life. i don't know what would have done it. it had to be something... it would have had to have been something pretty big. >> reporter: you decided you wanteded to get sober. >> i wanted to get sober for me. now behind that, it's because i knew i had somebody in my life that i wanted to make a go of it with. that's my now wife sheryl. >> reporter: lowe has been sober 21 years, married to sheryl, a former hollywood make-up artist for 20. they have two teen-aged sons. what's been their response to reading these stories about their wild and crazy dad? i mean wild and crazy past. >> they're teen-aged boys so of course their father bores them. i bore them. >> reporter: they didn't say, dad, you did that? >> no. i think that they're well versed in wikipedia. >> reporter: lowe began
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reclaiming his professional life with this 1990 appearance on saturday night live where he spoofed his misdeeds with dana garvey's church lady. >> here we go, robbery. >> thank you, church lady. may i have another? >> reporter: later he became a regular on the tv drama west wing, a young white house staffer serving a president played by his old neighbor martin sheen. >> you're going to run for president one day. don't be scared. you can do it. i believe in you. >> the sub text of that, all of that, that approval and that love i think was extraordinary. it was above and beyond the writing. >> deputy director lesley milk. >> reporter: now he happily pokes fun at himself on the sit come parks and recreation. >> scientists believe that the first human being will live
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150 years. he's already been born. i believe i am that human being. >> reporter: looking back, even rob lowe marvels at the career he had. what do you think is the secret to your staying public. >> what do you do when the phone isn't ringing? how do you reinvent yourself and keep yourself fresh and engaged and positive? that's a little bit of a gift. i'm sort of like the slow but steady guy. you know, i'm just always right there. ♪ [ male announcer ] how could a luminous protein in jellyfish, impact life expectancy in the u.s., real estate in hong kong, and the optics industry in germany? at t. rowe price, we understand the connections of a complex, global economy. it's just one reason 80% of our mutual funds beat their 10-year lipper average. t. rowe price. invest with confidence. request a prospectus or summary prospectus with investment information, risks, fees and expenses
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spring as a force for democracy, human rights and peace in egypt seems to me to be a fraud. the dictator and his entourage were kicked out of egypt were pro west, a bit restrained on israel, open to free enterprise and resistant to iranian-sponsored terror. egypt is now rapidly becoming anti-israel, pro iran, pro the iranian terrorist group hamas and very far from pro human rights. just for the crime of being successful. they arrested mubarak's son and said they plan to try mubarak. the most potent political force in egypt the muslim brotherhood hates the u.s., loaths israel, condemns the killing of bin laden and they've been weded to terror for their entire existence. p.s., they are closely connected with adolph hitler. they'll probably take over completely sooner or later. as a terrorist government of syria cracks down violently on its own people the u.n.
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security council does exactly nothing about it. has anyone noticed all the successful arab street movement is that they're sympathetic to iran. when the dust settles iran is going to own the middle east except for maybe saudi arabia if we have the guts to help them which i very much doubt. we're going to lose our palace in bahrain and we're going to use our palace in yemen and we'll possibly have an al qaeda government. there's a gigantic regional... taking place. we're doing very little if anything to stop it. we're going to reject... regret helping the egyptians kick out mubarak. you can call it arab spring if you want. but with iran now the regional super power it's a lot more like the bleak mideast winter. you heard it here first. >> osgood: just ahead,
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standing tall.
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woman: till all the books are read... man: and all the pens are put down... woman: and everything there is to learn is learned. man: till the heroes retire and the monsters return to their dens... woman: and all the plots are wrapped up. man: till that day... boy: by hook or by crook... girl: by book or by nook... woman: i will read.
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>> osgood: college commencement season is upon us. and all the graduates stepping up to receive their diplomas have reason to feel exciteded and proud. there's one in particular our john blackstone wants to tell you about. >> reporter: paralyzed from the waste down austin whitney has spent his college years in a wheelchair. when he graduated from high school four years ago, he could walk but weeks later drinking and driving he crashed into a tree. >> i really just did not want this. i didn't want this to derail my dreams. my goals, my aspirations.
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>> reporter: his life had been changed. but it changed again last fall at the university of california berkeley when he met engineering professor. >> i realized he's the man i've been waiting for a long time. he's so inspiring. he has changed the way i do my work. >> reporter: for 20 years he has been developing exo- skeletons, robotic suits with the potential to help the disabled walk. >> i'll never forget this. he told me often i have this dream for you. i want to see you walk. this is something that anyone in a wheelchair would do anything to be able to do. >> reporter: in the professor's lab austin, a history major joined the engineering students developing a lightweight low cost exo-skeleton. >> we had him here in the lab in front of us. he's sitting on a wheelchair waiting. that was inspiring for us. that is a motivating force to
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get to work every day. >> reporter: strapped into the motorized computerized legs of the prototype austin became a test pilot. the first time he was able to stand was on his 22nd birthday last november. >> here i am standing. here i am six feet tall again. it changed everything about my life. >> reporter: austin could stand, but the goal was to walk. the team decided austin would be doing that by graduation day. it was a goal they were still working on late friday night. making sure the exo-skeleton would operate beneath a scholar's gown. >> if someone would have told me i'd be walking at that graduation, i would say that was impossible. >> reporter: at saturday's graduation in a stadium filled with proud families, none could be more proud than austin's parents and sister. >> what bothers me it's not the pain that i went through. it's the pain i put my family
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through without any reason. for the first realtime ever in the last four years, i felt like i was starting to find my redemption through this project. >> reporter: in the long line of graduates making their way across the stage, it was finally his turn, his chance to show there is reason to hope for anyone told they'll never walk again. ( cheers and applause ) >> austin whitney. ( cheers and applause ) >> reporter: on what is a momentous day for any graduate, austin whitney took a particularly big step into the future. >> osgood: correspondent john blackstone. we take a moment now to say hello to the newest member of our sunday morning family. he was born friday to a producer and his wife. congratulations to them and welcome to the world. as you know, harry smith
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interviewed henry kissinger earlier in this broadcast. now here he is again this time in washington where he's filling in for bob schieffer on face the nation. good morning, harry. >> smith: politicians like to talk about kitchen table issues. there's no bigger kitchen table issue in this town than america's debt. we'll hear from president barack obama about that and go in depth on that subject with speaker of the house john boehner. that's later on face the nation. charles. >> osgood: thank you, harry. we'll be watching. and next week here on sunday morning, by design. our annual design issue. they're two of a kind.
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